Questions tagged [open-source]

Open source promotes a universal access via a free license to a product's design or blueprint, and universal redistribution of that design or blueprint, including subsequent improvements to it by anyone.

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Are there fully open-source ASICs?

The Ethereum Foundation (an open-source project) will build an open-source ASIC to support its decentralised randomness beacon. To date, has the RTL of any ASIC been open-sourced or will the Ethereum ...
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I would like an honest opinion about the PCB circuit I have designed

I made my own version of the VESC controller from the open source schematics. I'm a rookie at the rules for circuit traces but have read most of what is covered. I do not know if I should make the ...
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FOSS-base AVR ISP programming with USB

I've been using a free software stack for AVR programming - AVR GCC + avrdude on Linux, with parallel DIY programmer cable. Since the parallel bitbang programmer doesn't work with USB printer cables, ...
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Is it legal to design an open source AHB master?

Is it legal for open source cores to be compatible with the AMBA specification?
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Do open source libraries exist for VHDL the way they do for C++ or python?

When I'm approaching a problem in C++ or python, there are many libraries that exist which do the heavy lifting of my code. I'm thinking about GNU GSL, BOOST, or FFTW for C++, and NumPy or SciPy for ...
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Do OSH projects exist for all SoC parts? [closed]

My understanding of the main parts of an SoC are: Microcontroller RAM (volatile memory) Flash/solid state RAM (permanent memory) Clock/Oscillator Ethernet NIC Power Management Bus (to connect ...
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How appropriate are the open source licences currently in use for inclusion of HDL cores in a commercial product?

HDL IP cores targeted towards ASICs, FPGAs or both are often very useful for adding functionality to a project quickly. Commercially licences cores are available from many sources for a range of ...
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Does “open source hardware” only apply to controllers or to all components?

I'm new to the hardware world and am coming from a software background, and am trying to build a small device to attach to my PC via USB. I've heard the term "open source hardware" in reference to ...
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What are the limitations of home-fabricating hardware by taking advantage of graphene only? [closed]

I'm really a newbie in electronics and materials science, but I was wondering about the new possibilities of circuits fabrication that come with graphene and the impact that all those things could ...
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Universal smd pad size, bad idea?

I'm working on an open source filter design where the PCB can be reused for many future designs. It is based around a Sallen-key filter since a few changes to the capacitors and resistors can change ...
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How to resolve this :Arduino UNO not working with Arduino wifi shield?

I'm having a lot of issues regarding interfacing an Arduino wifi shield with the Arduino Uno. My Arduino works fine when the shield is not attached to it but when I attach the shield, I'm unable to ...
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Is there an FPGA based vector graphics card project?

I have been messing around with VGA projects as my latest interest. I have a Xilinx Spartan 3E 250K FPGA, which has just barely too little RAM for a full 640x480 frame buffer. So, I'm looking at ...
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Can Arduino be used in commercial products?

Is it legal for me to sell a product that's built with an Arduino? I know that it's open source, but does that mean I can sell my product for profit, or only for use in prototyping?
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Verilog : Are there any good sites contains open source projects? [closed]

i was wondering if there are any good sites who encourage open source in the fpga world using code in verilog or vhdl? since the open source community is very powerful and all the big firms ...
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Looking for a good freeware/open source PCB design software equivalent to Altium [closed]

I am familiar with Altium PCB design software in my workplace. But thats an expensive suite to maintain. Is there any decent enough free software which I can use at home for my pet projects? I have ...
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Electronic components in Powerpoint

Is there any (open) powerpoint library of components that could be used to build presentations with electrical/electronics circuit ?
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How to make a design more independent of a particular silicon vendor?

In many hardware projects it would be nice to have the freedom to switch between vendors easily, mainly microprocessors and microcontrollers. I can see many reasons for wanting to have this freedom, ...
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BSD style Open Source alternatives to CMSIS?

Since the licenses on CMSIS is unclear when it comes to open source, it is probably a violation to include the CMSIS in a open source project regardless if it using a GPL or BSD style license. Is ...
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Looking for a open-source ALU

I am looking for a open ALU to compute several equations like these: y1 = e^((constant1 - x)^2/(2*x)) y2 = constant2/y1 y3 = y2*constant3 + x*constant4 Where x ...
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Does my open source project need be Arduino based to be successful?

I am debating which micro-controller to use for a new open source hardware project. Spec wise, I would rather use an ARM Cortex M3, which is at a similar price-point to an Arduino(avr) based solution ...
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Is there a directory of open source hardware projects? [closed]

I would like to print a fairly common circuit. But I don't want to design the PCB myself. Where should I look when searching for PCB layouts?
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Looking for open source FPGA hardware and dev tools [closed]

Investigated FPGA boards but cannot find open-sourced board and vendor-neutral FPGA development tools: The ORSoC manufacturer boasts open-sourcing on its website but I cannot really find strong ...
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How do I detect open-source licence violations by companies?

Let's say I have an open source project with a license that prohibits commercial uses. Then comes along a commercial product with striking similarities in functionality/hardware. How would I go ...